13
Dec
2010

Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

12/13/2010 : sicklines

e.thriteen and the hive set out to create a downhill crankset that was lightweight but didn’t sacrifice on strength.  Inside we take a look at what they have to offer as well as what sets them apart from the rest.

Video overview:

Inside the box you’ll get:

  • T30 Torx wrench
  • T25 Torx wrench
  • 5 chainring bolt set + 5 extra bottom bolts that are for single ring usage
  • Wavy washer and savers
  • hive bottom bracket
  • hive bottom bracket tool
  • Crankset (165 x 83mm shown here) in blackout black anodization
  • Instructions (clean and easy to follow)
, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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The e.thirteen/hive crank  arms are made out of forged 7050 aluminum and then machined.  They utilize a bigger 30mm spindle compared to the competition.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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The e.thriteen/hive DH cranks have the main axle connected to the drive side crank arm.  The way that the cranks mount is a little bit different as well. This design is one that isn’t unique to other industries but is a  stand out design in the mountain bike world.  The design is a German DIN 32711-P3 Polygon interface.  It is designed to provide 100% surface contact between spindle and crankarm.  Unlike the other pinch or press fit systems out there currently, this one is designed to not have any issues related to wearing out and enable the crank to have full contact at all times for reliable long term performance.   If you want to read more on the standard, you can do so here.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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The crankarms are cleanly designed and the crankarms install easily, as the tolerances are done impressively well.  The arms also have pedal inserts pre-positioned so no need to fumble with pedal washers with this design.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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Compared to the Shimano Saint crankset, the e.thirteen offering is similar but also a bit beefier in size and spindle width.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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The e.thriteen/hive cranks utilize a 30mm heat treated cromoly spindle, while most all of the rest of the competition uses a 24mm spindle for comparison.  They did this to give the cranks as much stiffness as they could.  They’re also working on a PF30 (press fit 30) bottom bracket cup setup as well. If you’ve got a 2011 Specialized Demo on order (or any bike that has a PF30 bottom bracket) this may be something to consider down the road.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

30mm spindle (click to enlarge)

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

24mm on the Saints and most other cranks (click to enlarge)

The hive DH cranks with a e.thriteen Supercharger bashring installed. They utilize a 4 bolt 104bcd chainring.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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The chainring tabs are standard size so unlike some designs that utilize a wider chainring tab (the M810 Series Saint for example) these cranks will work right out of the box perfectly with chainguides that rely on a bash ring without the need for a special bashguard.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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The interface is clean and designed to run with a single ring.  There are no granny ring bolts here on the DH crankset.  This helps give better clearance for the chainguides as well as fitment all around.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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No excessively big gap here as these cranks should work with any kind of guide you have in mind.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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The chainring bolts (they include 5 but only pictured 4 here).  If you are running a bashguard setup (SRS+ type)  or a single ring (LG1+ / MRP G2SL) the e.thriteen/hive have you covered.  They include bolts that work for both.  The big torx wrenches that they include are a nice touch as well.  The black chainring bolts you see below use the torx wrenches. Installation was a breeze, as there is no slippage to worry about since it’s a torx interface versus having to hold a nut with a chainring tool.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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The e.thirteen/hive cranks utilize a bigger bottom bracket since they have a bigger 30mm spindle.   Larger BB 6806 (7x30x42) bearings are designed to carry 20% greater static load and increase BB durability. The bearings are serviceableThe wavy washer and spacers you see below are used to provide proper preload on the system.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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The bottom bracket tool fits easily over the cups.  Something to note here is that you do have to remove the plastic bearing cover over the bearing to enable the tool to fit over the cup properly.  It is easy enough to do with the way it was designed to come off but is worth mentioning, as it is another step that has to be done compared to other cranks out there.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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A solid interface here as well.  If you’ve ever used a Shimano/Sram external bottom bracket cup, you are probably well aware that the interface is not this beefy.  The e.thirteen/hive cups are solid and the bottom bracket tool interfaces fully around the cup.

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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If you don’t remove the bearing spacer you won’t be able to get the tool on properly (as shown below).

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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You can use a Shimano/Sram external bottom bracket tool to turn the e.thirteen/hive adapter (or you can use the socket interface as well).

, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

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, Spotlight: e.thirteen by the hive DH crankset

pf30 prototype cups are being tested and designed now

The e.thirteen/hive are also working on a PF30 bottom bracket cup setup. For bikes like the 2011 Demo, these cranks can take advantage of the PF30 system instead of using adapters to run conventional BB cups.

Available sizes:

  • 165mm, 170mm and 175mm lengths.
  • 68/73mm and 83mm BB shell versions.

Price:

  • $299.99 MSRP

Weights:

The e.thirteen/hive setup is one we’ve been anxious to check out as they usually bring a slightly different take to things.  This crankset is no different.  The interfaces they use to install the cranks cleanly and 100% contact as well as the big 30mm spindle should prove to last the test of time.  We’ll be checking these cranks out more in the near future so stay tuned as we get more time on them.


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